The field for the 2022 WNBA Playoffs is set, and this promises to be one of the most competitive title chases the league has ever seen. The defending champion Chicago Sky enter the postseason with the No. 2 seed in the bracket, and will try to become the W’s first back-to-back champion since Lisa Leslie and the Los Angeles Sparks took home consecutive titles in 2001 and 2002. The Sky have a roster stacked with All-Star talent and championship experience, but it won’t be easy with so many great teams vying for their own shot at glory.
The Las Vegas Aces earned the the No. 1 seed in the playoff picture by beating the Sky and Seattle Storm in their last two games of the regular season. The Aces are led by one of the MVP front-runners in A’ja Wilson, and have also enjoyed a breakout season for dynamic scoring guard Kelsey Plum. The Aces face the Phoenix Mercury in round one.
The best first round series is the No. 4 vs. No. 5 matchup between the Storm and Washington Mystics. Breanna Stewart is Wilson’s main competition for MVP, and has turned in another amazing season after missing last year’s playoffs with an injury. The Mystics finally have superstar big Elena Delle Donne back in the lineup, and are trying to recapture the magic from their 2019 championship run.
There have been some changes to format for the WNBA Playoffs in 2022, which we will explain below. Here’s the bracket, TV schedule, and format for the WNBA Playoffs this season.
WNBA Playoffs 2022 Bracket
2022 WNBA Playoffs format
- The WNBA has eliminated single-elimination playoff games and playoff byes this season. There is no re-seeding in the playoffs. The playoffs also do not factor in conferences.
- The first round will be a ‘best-of-three’ series with the higher seed getting the first two games. The lower seed would host a decisive Game 3.
- The semifinals and Finals will be decided by ‘best-of-five’ series with a 2-2-1 format.
WNBA Playoffs schedule 2022
No. 1 Las Vegas Aces vs. No. 8 Phoenix Mercury: Games, Dates, Times, and TV
Game 1: Phoenix at Las Vegas, Wednesday, Aug. 17 (10 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Game 2: Phoenix at Las Vegas, Saturday, Aug. 20 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Game 3 (if necessary): Las Vegas at Phoenix, Tuesday, Aug. 23 (TBD)
No. 2 Chicago Sky vs. No. 7 New York Liberty: Schedule, Dates, Times, and TV
Game 1: New York at Chicago, Wednesday, Aug. 17 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Game 2: New York at Chicago, Saturday, Aug. 20 (Noon ET, ESPN)
Game 3 (if necessary): Chicago at New York, Tuesday, Aug. 23 (TBD)
No. 3 Connecticut Sun vs. No. 6 Dallas Wings: Games, Dates, Times, and TV
Game 1: Dallas at Connecticut, Thursday, Aug. 18 (8 p.m. ET, ESPNU/NBA TV)
Game 2: Dallas at Connecticut, Sunday, Aug. 21 (noon ET, ABC)
Game 3 (if necessary): Connecticut at Dallas, Wednesday, Aug. 24 (TBD)
No. 4 Seattle Storm vs. No. 5 Washington Mystics: Schedule and TV Times
Game 1: Washington at Seattle, Thursday, Aug. 18 (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Game 2: Washington at Seattle, Sunday, Aug. 21 (4 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Game 3 (if necessary): Seattle at Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 24 (TBD)
WNBA Playoffs 2022 predictions
First round predictions:
- Aces over Mercury in two.
- Storm over Mystics in three.
- Sky over Liberty in three.
- Sun over Wings in two.
- Aces over Storm in four.
- Sky over Sun in five.
WNBA Finals prediction: